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Lotus Exige 360 Cup introduced – not confirmed for Oz

Lotus Exige 360 Cup front quarter

Lotus has introduced the new limited edition Lotus Exige 360 Cup. Based on the Exige V6 Cup, the new model sports new lightweight panels and an increase in power.

Limited to just 50 vehicles with each receiving a numbered Lotus Motorsport build plate, the Exige 360 Cup bespoke styling signals an evolution in design, with an option of four colours (Metallic White, Metallic Grey, Metallic Black and Metallic Silver) and stealth matt black roof, front access panel and louvered tailgate.

Lotus Exige 360 Cup side

This new model boasts an increase in power of 7kW (10 PS) with freer flowing induction and a sports exhaust system, which combined with a low vehicle weight of 1,130 kg gives an incredibly pure driving experience on road and track. The powertrain updates also give the Exige 360 Cup a sportier soundtrack to enhance the driving experience.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc, commented: “The V6 Cup was a favourite amongst many knowledgeable customers with its incredible track performance and distinctive design. I am excited about the introduction of the new 360 Cup which moves the game forward with striking new design features and performance upgrades that offer phenomenal ability on road and track.”

Lotus Exige 360 Cup badge

The Exige 360 Cup uses the track proven aero package from the Exige V6 Cup with an aerodynamically optimised front splitter, rear diffuser and wing. Together with the flat underside these aerodynamic aids offer 42 kg of downforce at 100 mph (160 km/h).

The chassis on the Exige 360 Cup is a Lotus designed stiff and lightweight bonded aluminium chassis with double wishbone suspension all round. The car is fitted with track focused 2-way adjustable suspension and a 4-dynamic mode (drive, sport, race and off) system, including launch control.

Lotus Exige 360 Cup rear quarter

New features for the Exige 360 Cup include a bespoke lightweight front access panel, new lightweight rear tailgate and louvered panel. The Exige 360 Cup has a distinctive design, updated grooved brake discs for improved performance, Motorsport Red wheels, embroidered seats and dash panel.

The options available for the Exige 360 Cup include a new red Alcantara interior, adjustable anti-roll bars, Öhlins race dampers, fire extinguisher and electrical cut-off, FIA carbon seats, air conditioning and removable steering wheel.

As with all Lotus Motorsport Cup models the Exige 360 Cup is eligible for Lotus Cup race series. Availably for the Australian and New Zealand markets has yet to be confirmed.

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